SHAWNEE, OK, US
HN,2ND MDIV FMF LNT
05/26/2012, SANGIN, AFGHANISTAN
Eric Dean “Doc” Warren was born November 22, 1988. He was a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma and was stationed at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012 for his third tour of duty. HM Warren was killed 4 months into the deployment. HM Warren attended school at Dale, Grove, Shawnee, and graduated from McLoud High School in 2008. As a child, he was active in Cub Scouts, little league sports, and earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Eric was also active in his church youth group, football, wrestling, and drama.
HM Warren enlisted in the U.S. Navy, graduated from corpsman school, completed Fleet Marine Force training as a combat corpsman, and he was then qualified to be a Marine.
“When he was home last time, I shook his hand and he hugged my neck and whispered in my ear ‘pray for me,’” Reverend Ron Baldridge said. “I prayed for him every day.”
Eric was a skinny kid with a mischievous streak who took pleasure in challenging his pastor and youth minister, Reverend Baldridge explained. Kevin Spurgin, youth minister at Eric’s church said HM Warren knew the possible consequences of being in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan, but any fears he may have had were overcome by pride for the job he was doing there. There was a 60-second standing ovation for Eric during his funeral service to commemorate HM Warren’s service to his country, and the ultimate sacrifice he and his family made.
These guest book entries for HM Warren tell us about this Marine :
May 28, 2012
Eric we spent nearly everyday together for 3 years and I felt like I was apart of your family. You were such an upbeat and enjoyable person to be around. Your parents have always been so proud of you. You’ve accomplished so much. You’re an amazing friend, soldier, and person. You will always be remembered by all of us who knew and loved you. McKenzie Gilbert
June 04, 2012
Dear Eric, we are so sad for your passing. You became part of our family when you stayed with us after your 2010-11 deployment, as you were already a brother to our Adam, also a Marine. I will always remember with a smile the ceramic bear you mistook as a treat for the dog, going so far as to try to give it to him, wondering why he would refuse a cookie. You laughed harder than any of us… Your smile, your laugh, and the way Adam described how you cared for all of the Marines will stay in our memories forever. Thank you for being there to protect and heal our Marine. It was important for him to have a friend he could rely on. To your family, thank you for raising such an admirable and brave young man. He told us last year he was so happy Ad’s time was up, he didn’t want him deployed again. Eric has been spoken of highly by the people he met here, and they send their condolences as well. You are in our prayers and thoughts, and we will be with you in spirit when Eric comes home to be laid to rest. God rest and keep you, our “extra kid” as we had come to call you, may you find peace and watch over us from Heaven.
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Friend and family (Harwich, Massachusetts/Cape Cod)